2856Hrs – Podding Along
I’ve had an enjoyable day today, well at least in the sense that I’ve had fun playing with my modified deckpod. What hasn’t been quite so enjoyable is hay fever preventing me from breathing and seeing properly and the fact that my left hand seems to be losing its ability to grip anything without causing me to wince.
All things considered I’m pleased I managed to do anything at all!
Hopefully a nights rest will get my hand back to fully functioning and the forecast weekend rain should help the hay fever so I’ll be sorted.
Anyway back to the deckpod. Since day one I’ve never really been a fan of the deckpod as shown on the plans and sailing ‘Pilgrim’ back in September just re-affirmed my desire to try and come up with some modifications that would make it work better for me.
Here’s a picture of ‘Pilgrims’ to plan deckpod.
I’d always planned to ‘turn’ the pod so that the watch berth was positioned forward and enclosed a bit more with an additional bulkhead. Jacques and I also discussed lowering the pod floor by a few inches so as to increase protection and allow for the addition of a bimini.
These two things were my starting point today. Thirdly I’d thought about building a helmsmans seat that was big enough to contain the big ice chest I bought some time back so I added that into the equation. I’ve never been able to draw things out well enough to really get a feel for a design so I just cracked on with mocking up the real thing. I ended up with something that’s getting close to what I had in mind and here it is:
Basically I’ve lowering the floor by about 3 inches and raising the watch berth roof about the same amount, I also decreased the radius of the curve so that more height is retained on the outboard sides. I’ve lowered the leading edge of the watch bert roof so that it slopes at a similar angle to the cabin tops on the main hulls. I think I’ve found a good compromise that doesn’t increase windage significantly, provides more shelter at the helm and just as importantly is in keeping with the boats beautiful lines.
Frustratingly I’ve now run out of 9mm ply so I can’t do much more for a few days, that said it’s probably a good thing as it means I can let my design simmer for a while to make sure I’m happy. It also give you my loyal readers time to let me know what you think. Don’t hold back, if you hate it then say so. All comments gratefully received on the understanding that I reserve the right to ignore them!